Events, People

The Healing Power of a Sound Bath

I recently had the opportunity to partake in a sound bath, a meditative exercise that I have been wanting to try for some time now. I would dare to say that the sound bath has become trendy, as it has appeared recently on many television shows and in yoga studios around the country, but it is actually an ancient art, dating back over 40,000 years.

Ancient Greeks used flutes and lyres to treat digestion and mental health, Tibetans used singing bowls for over 2,000 years for meditation purposes, and Australian aboriginal tribes played the didgeridoo to heal the sick.

I admittedly discovered the experience through one of my guilty pleasure shows on Bravo Network that I frequently view (don’t judge me too harshly!). A group of ladies on the show ventured on a retreat to a desert resort, where they relaxed and took in the sounds and vibes of this healing art.

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A Tribute to September 11th

I grew up in New York and have so many life changing memories of the city. While I didn’t live in the NY at the time the Twin Towers came down, it felt like a gut punch on so many levels. The loss of life, a city forever changed and the Twin Towers forever removed from the landscape of the city’s horizon.

I lived in Washington, DC when 9-11 occurred, and we had our own scares there as well. I worked for Marriott International in the PR department, and we were in crisis mode, fielding calls left and right from family members who couldn’t locate their loved ones who were staying in the hotel at the base of the Twin Towers when they came down.

I ran my first ever marathon that year, the Marine Corps Marathon. I had trained for diligently, and thought would most certainly be cancelled, as it was scheduled for October 28th and the course runs through the heart of DC.

In solidarity, the show went on, but I will never for the rest of my life forget running past the giant hole in the side of the Pentagon building that day, as a string of armed soldiers stood on guard at salute as we ran by. I had to stop to cry.

I moved to NYC in September 2002, days before the one year anniversary of this horrible incident in American history. I remember feeling awkward and out of place on the day of the anniversary of the attacks. Though America suffered as a whole, there was a different emotion and gravity to that day amongst those who had just lived through it.

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Events, Food, History, People

Carolina Gold Rice – History of a Heritage Grain

Carolina Gold tops the list as one of my favorites of the traditional southern foods I have learned about since moving to the Lowcountry in 2016.

For years after first arriving to Hilton Head Island, I worked as a server in Hudson’s restaurant on HHI, which is known to many as the oldest dining establishment on the Island. The restaurant has its own storied history to tell. It was originally an oyster packing plant, and many of the long time employees will attest that they have had more than one run in with paranormal experiences there in the quiet hours.

That is a story for another time. Originally, I thought of Hilton Head as a touristy area in the full swing of the summer, which it undoubtedly is, but as I began to ingrain myself into the community and soak up my surroundings, I became absolutely fascinated by the amount of history that is wrapped up in this tiny bit of square mileage.

Much of the history of anything in this area is tied to the roots of the Civil War, and the food is no exception. I find it amazing that everything, even the food we choose for our plates, ties back to a greater story.

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Events, Food, Venues

The Premiere of Palmetto Bluff Farmer’s Market

I simply love everything about a Farmer’s Market. The fresh, local produce, the friendly people, dogs roaming around, the glorious scents of homecooked treats wafting through the air. It is a scene comprised of a million little pieces that fit together to create a beautiful mosaic.

The Lowcountry is home to many wonderful Farmer’s Markets, and for good reason. Not only is our region blessed with the warmest weather, but we are also adjacent to so many spectacular local farms and operations. It is the perfect setting for these markets to blossom.

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Palmetto Running Company: The Business of Cultivating a Socially Conscious Brand

Join me for a one-on-one chat with Keri Straughn, Co-Owner of Palmetto Running Company, as we discuss her business goals, team, and vision for the future of the ‘Run Specialty’ industry. Learn about a day in the life of managing a super brand and juggling responsibilities like a boss.

As soon as the sun peeks up over the horizon in Hilton Head and Bluffton, you will see them; on the roads, beaches and trails. A movement of runners, eco-warriors, athletes, advocates and enthusiasts. They are an army banded together by a common driving force; Palmetto Running Company.

For those who are unfamiliar, Palmetto Running Company (PRC) is, at first glance, a retail store specializing in high-end athletic wear. It has been a mainstay for local and visiting runners since 2011, when PRC first opened the doors to their inaugural store located in Plantation Business Park on Hwy 278 in Bluffton. 

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Hewitt Oaks Events: Making Magic Under the Lowcountry Stars

It’s wedding season in the Lowcountry, and brides and grooms from across the nation are flocking to our corner of the world in droves to create magical moments with the most stunning of backdrops. I can’t say I blame them! The Lowcountry lends itself perfectly to such occasions, with its natural charm and warm starlit nights. One of the most stunning locations lies right beneath our noses here in Bluffton; the inimitable Hewitt Oaks. So many beautiful love stories have begun under the mighty live oaks in this gorgeous event space.

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The Ultimate Lowcountry Soft Shell Experience

When I first moved to the Lowcountry, I felt like a tourist in a foreign land about some things that seemed to come so naturally to those who grew up here.

I had no idea what traditional Hoppin’ John was, nor a hoecake (yes this is a real food, not an insult!). I had yet to learn about rice middlins, or my acquired favorite chicken bog. It took me a few years to realize that I needed pimento cheese in my life as a condiment to just about any food I might eat. I swear that my other half (born and raised in South Carolina) would even eat this tangy cheese spread on a chocolate chip cookie, he loves it so dearly.

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